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‘Replacement of blame?’ Hwang Hee-chan, a sense of crisis

Hwang Hee-chan started on the 22nd (hereinafter Korean time) in the 2022-23 English Premier League (EPL) round 21 away match against Manchester City held at the Etihad Stadium in England, but failed to score again.

Hwang Hee-chan, who started as a left-sided striker in the 4-3-3 formation, showed a rather sluggish performance, not recording a single shot, and eventually dropped out of the game at the start of the second half after playing only 45 minutes in the first half.

Hwang Hee-chan, who fell into sluggishness at the beginning of this season and was pushed out of the main competition, returned to his team after scoring the winning goal against Portugal at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, predicting a rebound.

In particular, in the Carabao Cup round of 16 in the 2022-23 season, which was the official debut match of newly appointed coach Hulen Lopetegui, he made a big success by recording one assist and inducing a penalty kick, making sure to take a snow stamp.

Afterwards, Hwang Hee-chan gained the trust of coach Lopetegi and became the starting pitcher for a while. On the 8th, in the 3rd round of the FA Cup (Round of 64) against strong Liverpool, he showed off his presence by scoring a dramatic equalizer.

The regrettable thing was the score in the league. Hwang Hee-chan, who recorded 1 goal and 2 assists in the official game this season, is still silent in the league.

His sluggish performance before 스포츠토토 Manchester City is a big disappointment. He started five consecutive games, but again went silent. Eventually, coach Lopetegui made a superpower by replacing all three-top strikers, such as Hwang Hee-chan, Jimenez, and Traore, who were responsible for the team’s offense in the first half.

On this day, Wolverhampton’s starting three-top failed to record a single shot in the first half against Man City. Lopetegui then put Cunha, Moutinho and Sarabia in at the start of the second half.

Coach Lopetegui said in a press conference immediately after the game that it was a “mistake in the starting lineup.” In fact, it is an accountable replacement.

Although he has recently gained the trust of the director, it is not a good situation for Hwang Hee-chan. The silence in the league is getting longer, and in the meantime, Wolverhampton has recruited a number of Hwang Hee-chan’s competitors, such as Kunya and Sarabia.

In particular, Wolverhampton’s offensive power this season is the worst. The league ranking is 17th, but the team’s score is the lowest with 12 goals. Even with Everton, who are 19th in team scoring, there is a whopping 3 goals difference.

In other words, it means that the team does not yet have a reliable striker. Because of this, it seems that coach Lopetegui will consider the best combination between his existing players and newly acquired players.

Hwang Hee-chan, who has been given ample opportunities but has yet to achieve any clear results, is pushed out of the main competition for a moment. An early replacement against Manchester City could be a signal.

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